African American leaders join in promoting a series of recommendations
to address the fatal shooting of Michael Brown
and to prevent future fatal shootings of unarmed African American teenagers

Media Teleconference Tuesday, August 19th, 2 p.m. EST

Call in:  866-952-1907 Conference ID: Ferguson– RSVP Encouraged

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 19, 2014 — National civil and human rights organizations leaders committed to the protection of the rights of African Americans and all Americans, came together and released a unified collective statement to urgently impress upon elected officials, law enforcement, the legal profession, businesses and all those in this nation interested in social justice, that we must not allow the killing of Michael Brown and other unarmed individuals across this nation to be in vain.  The groups will hold a media teleconference on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 2 p.m. EST to discuss their collective action plan of recommendations for reform outlined in the unity statement, discuss the ongoing escalating tensions in Ferguson, and address the systemic change needed throughout this nation.


National civil and human rights organizations; Confirmed speakers include:

  • Barbara Arnwine, President and Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee
  • Jennifer Bellamy, Legislative Counsel, ACLU, Washington Legislative Office
  • Melanie Campbell, President and CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation
  • Tanya Clay House, Public Policy Director, Lawyers’ Committee
  • Pamela Meanes, President, National Bar Association
  • Janai Nelson, Associate Director-Counsel, NAACP-Legal Defense Fund
  • Pamela Rucker Springs, VP, Communications & External Affairs, National Urban League
  • Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., President and CEO, Hip Hop Caucus


WHAT:     Media teleconference by national civil and human rights organizations to discuss the situation in Ferguson, MO and to promote reform and stop police abuse

WHEN:     Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 2 – 3 p.m. EST                

CALL IN:     Toll free: 866-952-1907 Conference ID: Ferguson

Note:  Reporters interested in participating are encouraged to RSVP to by noon today.